Bomb threat delays openings at Centennial and Burleigh Manor

January 24, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police searched Centennial High School and Burleigh Manor Middle School in Ellicott City after a typed note threatening an explosion was found on a school door early yesterday. No bomb was found.

"It was a hoax," said Cpl. Kevin Costello. "But we've got to take them all seriously for safety reasons."

The note -- found at 5:30 a.m. by a janitor at Centennial High -- said a bomb would detonate at the high school at 10 a.m. and another at the adjacent middle school at 10:15 a.m. if $1 million in cash and an airplane were not left in front of the school, police said.

Howard County school officials sent out radio and television announcements to notify students of a two-hour delay in openings of the schools in the 4200 block of Centennial Lane, and bus drivers were told to postpone their routes, said Patti Caplan, a spokeswoman for the county schools.

All classes resumed by 10 a.m., she said.

On March 9, police charged a Centennial High senior with making bomb threats at the high school, the middle school and Centennial Elementary on Feb. 24 and March 6 in a scheme to miss tests for which he was unprepared.

Police log

Ellicott City: 9200 block of U.S. 40: Someone stole a teal 1994 Ford Ranger awaiting service at a Jiffy Lube station Sunday. Police said the owner had left keys in the vehicle while waiting in a service office.

Ellicott City: 3600 block of Horned Owl Court: A burglar broke into a home's patio area and took a television between Jan. 17 and Friday, police said.

Ellicott City: 3100 block of The Oaks Road: A burglar broke a glass door and stole pillow cases, a phone, coins, jewelry, clothing and documents from a home between

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